General: Perennial herb from a thick, ball-like, mass of roots; parasites on mycorrhizal fungi associated with trees; "stems" simple, erect, glandular-hairy and very sticky, 30-100 cm tall, reddish-brown; persistent after seed dispersal; lacking chlorophyll.
Leaves: Scale-like, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, thick, crowded and usually overlapping like shingles at the base of the stem.
Flowers: Inflorescence a many-flowered terminal raceme, usually equal in length to the rest of the stem; flower stalks bent downward, 5-15 mm long, glandular-hairy; corollas urn-shaped, 5-8 mm long, glabrous, pale yellow, the lobes 5, short, curved back; calyces glandular-hairy, about half length of corolla, of 5 free sepals; stamens 10, the anthers awned.
Fruits: Capsules, nearly globe-shaped, 8-12 mm broad.
Notes: Stem and leaves can be considered part of the inflorescence.
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Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British
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